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61 books.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.43
Pages: 341
Year Published: 1999 (1998)
Date Read: 04/13/2007
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Midnight at the Blackbird Café

by: Heather Webber
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 04/07/2021
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.5
Pages: 870
Year Published: 2004 (2003)
Date Read: 05/23/2007
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The Gown

by: Jennifer Robson
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 371
Year Published: 2018
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"3.5

I enjoyed this read and was interested in learning about the topic. But overall it wasn’t anything particularly new or interesting. Kind of a classic dual plot line historical fiction novel.

I also felt like the violent scene was so out of place and graphic compared to the tone of the rest of the book. The detail completely took me out of the story."
- katelynn
03/29/2021
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The Bombay Prince (Perveen Mistry #3)

by: Sujata Massey
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 360
Year Published: 2021
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"I think part of my issue with this book is user error - I didn't listen to the audio and I didn't take the time to get as immersed in the setting as I did with the last two. But also the writing felt stilted and awkward.

I don't think I'm giving up on Perveen yet, but we'll see."
- katelynn
07/09/2021
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I'll Be Your Blue Sky (Love Walked In, #3)

by: Marisa de los Santos
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2018
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"Although I didn't love this one as much as the last one, it was still great. Her writing is so RICH and romantic. It sweeps you along, puts you right into a setting with all of its feelings."
- katelynn
06/15/2021
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People We Meet On Vacation

by: Emily Henry
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 382
Year Published: 2021
Date Read: 06/06/2021
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The River

by: Peter Heller
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 253
Year Published: 2019
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"4.5

Beautiful writing, amazing setting, and page-turning plot. A literary thriller with an incredible premise. The ending was heart-breaking, but there's plenty of warning for it if you're looking.

I loved the way the sentence structure was sometimes long and lyrical but sometimes short and staccato - moving you at the pace of the story.

I will definitely read more by this author!"
- katelynn
05/26/2021
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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

by: Rick Riordan
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 377
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
Date Read: 06/21/2021
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The Late Bloomers' Club

by: Louise Miller
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 325
Year Published: 2018
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"4.5 - Perfectly lovely. Everything about this synopsis screams Hallmark Movie! But what you get is actually well-written and anything but cliche. Every moment that could’ve been kitschy, the author managed to make sweet, genuine and insightful. I ate this one up!"
- katelynn
01/03/2021

Becoming Elisabeth Elliot

by: Ellen Vaughn
Ave. Rating: 4.66
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2020
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Anya's Ghost

by: Vera Brosgol
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2011
Date Read: 08/02/2021
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The Henna Artist (The Henna Artist, #1)

by: Alka Joshi
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2020
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"3.5"
- katelynn
01/16/2021
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

by: Kate DiCamillo
Ave. Rating: 4.33
Pages: 200
Year Published: 2006
Date Read: 01/07/2021
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Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2)

by: Diana Wynne Jones
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 298
Year Published: 2001 (1990)
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"Just wonderful. Funny and sweet and delightful."
- katelynn
02/07/2021
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The Round House

by: Louise Erdrich
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 323
Year Published: 2012
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"3.5"
- katelynn
08/02/2021
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Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #18)

by: Agatha Christie
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 214
Year Published: 1978 (1937)
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"What a fun ride! Great psychology in this one. And I did not expect the conclusion at all."
- katelynn
10/21/2021
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Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments

by: Emily Jensen
Ave. Rating: 4.53
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 02/01/2021
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Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle, #2)

by: Ted Dekker
Ave. Rating: 4.28
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2005 (2004)
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"This affected me so so much, even in a reread. The Gospel is so beautiful!"
- katelynn
02/28/2021
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A Trick of the Light (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #7)

by: Louise Penny
Ave. Rating: 4.29
Pages: 339
Year Published: 2011
Date Read: 05/22/2021
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One to Watch

by: Kate Stayman-London
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 417
Year Published: 2020
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"This was the perfect way to indulge my secret bachelorette craving without actually having to watch real-life horrible people act so dumb. For anyone who has ever enjoyed anything in that franchise, this is a must read! It was sweet and had a lot of real moments for a book I'd consider to be my "junk food" reading. "
- katelynn
04/29/2021
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The Downstairs Girl

by: Stacey Lee
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 05/06/2021
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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

by: Joya Goffney
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2021
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"Don’t judge this book by it’s cover! (Or its title)
This was wonderful, I devoured it. Although the premise seems similar to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, it goes a very different direction and has a lot of depth. I highlighted lots of great stuff."
- katelynn
07/11/2021
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Writers & Lovers

by: Lily King
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2020
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"I didn't want to like this book. On the surface, it seems annoying. A naval-gazing protagonist I can't relate to in a genre that tends to be a bummer.

From the beginning it gripped me. Even though I couldn't relate, I rooted for her. Even though it was hard and sad, it was also hopeful and joyous in the end. Looking forward to discussing this with book club!"
- katelynn
04/08/2021
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Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad

by: John Eldredge
Ave. Rating: 4.49
Pages: 256
Year Published: 2020
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"The premise sounds trite, but I promise you the content is not. This book is full of practical suggestions that will radically change your outlook on life.

I still think about this daily."
- katelynn
02/19/2021
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The Broken Girls

by: Simone St. James
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2018
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"4.5"
- katelynn
03/07/2021
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What Alice Forgot

by: Liane Moriarty
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 476
Year Published: 2010 (2009)
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"Another perfect book from Liane Moriarty.
Motherhood, marriage, identity - she explores topics with such a delicate balance of depth and humor. I devour them."
- katelynn
02/18/2021
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Instructions for Dancing

by: Nicola Yoon
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2021
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"3.5

Bit cheesy and her overall conflict was predictable, but it was fun! And in the end, I found it made some really profound points that will stick with me."
- katelynn
11/19/2021
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Firekeeper's Daughter

by: Angeline Boulley
Ave. Rating: 4.4
Pages: 496
Year Published: 2021
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"I didn't totally connect with the protagonist, but I respected her and rooted for her from beginning to end. I loved the way the author immerses you in the native culture of Sault Sainte Marie - I learned so much. I feel like my perspective and understanding has grown. It's a beautifully crafted novel, which I would categorize in religious fiction, not fantasy. Although the elements of that are super minor. "
- katelynn
12/08/2021
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Set the Stars Alight

by: Amanda Dykes
Ave. Rating: 4.44
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2020
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"This story had everything I look for: historical fiction about a time period I don’t know much about, mystery, good twists, charming/immersive setting. It also had wisdom about faith delivered in a way that wasn’t overt or preachy. It was perfectly done! This is Christian fiction at its best."
- katelynn
12/18/2020
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.62
Pages: 759
Year Published: 2007
Date Read: 09/24/2007
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When These Mountains Burn

by: David Joy
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 272
Year Published: 2020
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"Just ok. There was some beautiful writing in there, but overall the story just had so little to bring any sense of redemption or satisfaction. I don't mind a sad ending, but this was a blah ending. It felt kind of pointless."
- katelynn
01/20/2021
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News of the World

by: Paulette Jiles
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 209
Year Published: 2016
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"Lovely and gritty and poignant.
A bit slow, but worth the effort."
- katelynn
03/20/2021
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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by: Zora Neale Hurston
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 219
Year Published: 2006 (1937)
Date Read: 01/01/2004
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Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

by: James S.A. Corey
Ave. Rating: 4.35
Pages: 595
Year Published: 2012
Date Read: 07/01/2021
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Snow & Rose

by: Emily Winfield Martin
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 213
Year Published: 2017
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"Enchanting and immersive. It’s a simple story, but not dumbed down. Great for all ages!"
- katelynn
01/04/2021
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Beach Read

by: Emily Henry
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 380
Year Published: 2020
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"The chemistry! Oh man, this author deals with hard issues (pain and grief and betrayal) in a charming setting with one of the most engaging romances I've read in a while. Well done!"
- katelynn
05/18/2021
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The Guest List

by: Lucy Foley
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 319
Year Published: 2020
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"Three stars for an entertaining read, but overall it let me down. Too much raciness and terrible people. Also it felt a little bit too perfectly wrapped up in the end - everything pinned on the victim. I see this a lot in thrillers. It lets the reader off the hook for feeling bad about the murder."
- katelynn
06/18/2021
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The Prince and the Dressmaker

by: Jen Wang
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 283
Year Published: 2018
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"Sweet and simple. Read in a few hours. Lovely art. "
- katelynn
05/21/2021
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The Crown and the Crucible (The Russians, #1)

by: Michael R. Phillips
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2001 (2015)
Date Read: 02/15/2021
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Dear Edward

by: Ann Napolitano
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 340
Year Published: 2020
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"This book was cruising along at a 3 star for me (meaning I like it, but I don't really like it - 4 star - or love it - 5 star). I especially enjoyed the plot-line in the plane, going deep with the different characters. I was equally bored and intrigued. Classic literary fiction - not much happening.

But the ending brought it up to a 4 star for me. Edward's coming of age and healing are beautiful and inspiring. Although the ending of the plane plot was super hard to read... disturbing really. Will I ever fly again?"
- katelynn
12/15/2021
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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as Told to Me) Story

by: Bess Kalb
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2020
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"3.5"
- katelynn
01/23/2021
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.57
Pages: 652
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
Date Read: 05/29/2007
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.47
Pages: 309
Year Published: 2003 (1997)
Date Read: 03/30/2007
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The Switch

by: Beth O'Leary
Ave. Rating: 4.03
Pages: 333
Year Published: 2020
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"4.5"
- katelynn
07/24/2021
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.57
Pages: 435
Year Published: 2004 (1999)
Date Read: 04/24/2007
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Nothing to See Here

by: Kevin Wilson
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2019
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"Oof, talk about a funny book that packs a punch. It treads the line between hilarious and heartbreaking really well and ends with such hope."
- katelynn
05/04/2021
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Life of Pi

by: Yann Martel
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 460
Year Published: 2006 (2001)
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"I was completely shocked by how much I LOVED this book. I've known about the basic plot since it came out and I've seen the movie, so I've had it in the category of books I "probably won't like." (Even though I did really enjoy the movie)

This is nothing like I expected. There's certainly philosophy, but it's not dry. There's essays on the author's opinions, but the plot never drags. And it's just so dang funny!

Read this so we can talk about it!"
- katelynn
04/26/2021
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I Let You Go

by: Clare Mackintosh
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 371
Year Published: 2014
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"4.5

Hard to read at times, but man, so so good! I could’ve done with less violence and one of the twists at the end was just a little too much, otherwise it would’ve been 5 stars from me.

Oh, also, the second half involves first-person perspective from an abuser and it was disturbing. No thank you, did not like that. (But also, it was a great book, so I'm confused)"
- katelynn
07/15/2021
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Bury Your Dead (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #6)

by: Louise Penny
Ave. Rating: 4.33
Pages: 371
Year Published: 2010
Date Read: 02/11/2021
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

by: J.K. Rowling
Ave. Rating: 4.56
Pages: 734
Year Published: 2002 (2000)
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"The best of the series in my opinion."
- katelynn
04/30/2007
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The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

by: K. Woodman-Maynard
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2021
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"Gorgeous. Perfect."
- katelynn
07/15/2021
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Sparks Like Stars

by: Nadia Hashimi
Ave. Rating: 4.34
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2021
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"3.5"
- katelynn
06/28/2021

The Good Sister

by: Sally Hepworth
Ave. Rating: 4.2
Pages: 309
Year Published: 2021 (2020)
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Olive Kitteridge (Olive Kitteridge, #1)

by: Elizabeth Strout
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 270
Year Published: 2008
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"Oof. This is so painful to read. It hit close to home on several really hard topics. The writing is incredible! But dang.

The hardest part is it's not the visceral, obvious moments of pain that it pokes at. It's the subtle, daily, underlying fears and disappointments that it highlights. The stuff that keeps me awake at night."
- katelynn
03/11/2021
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Hana Khan Carries On

by: Uzma Jalaluddin
Ave. Rating: 4.03
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2021
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"3.5

Once I realized this was You've Got Mail, I was in it 100%, come what may! And that resolve was tested by some truly cringy moments. It was predictable - these mystery pen-pal stories only have one ending. This is probably the 3rd or 4th I've read just like this.

However, Jalaluddin does what she did in Ayesha at Last: she crafts an enchanting community filled with interesting and flawed characters. She celebrates family and faith and romance. And she makes adds to important conversations about identity and the stories we choose to tell."
- katelynn
12/09/2021
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The Chosen (Reuven Malther #1)

by: Chaim Potok
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 304
Year Published: 1987 (1966)
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"3.5"
- katelynn
06/19/2021